Manhunt who stole £ 40,000 musical instrument left on train

Police are pursuing a suspect who stole a £ 40,000 bassoon that was accidentally left on a train by a musician last month.

The classic instrument was left on Lewes’ service in Brighton in East Sussex on October 19 after its owner got out of the car without taking it with him.

The bassoon was stowed in the upper luggage compartment, but was taken by a man who left the train at Southwick station in West Sussex. The police would now like to question him.

When the owner realized he was missing, he rushed to the platform, but the train had already left the station, police said.

CCTV footage taken from the train was released on Wednesday 10 November by the British Transport Police (BTP) as part of a call for information.

Officers believe the man (pictured below) may have information that could “assist with the investigation.”

Do you recognize this man?

A force spokesperson said: ‘Officers investigating the theft of a bassoon, worth up to £ 40,000, from a Lewes service in Brighton are posting CCTV footage in connection.

“On Tuesday, October 19, a man boarded the 2:04 pm service from Lewes to Brighton and placed his bassoon in the baggage compartment.” As he got off the train, he left the instrument behind him and the train was gone when he returned to Platform.

“Further investigations show that the instrument was stolen by another passenger who then boarded a service bound for Hastings and got off at Southwick station.

“Officers believe the man in the CCTV footage may have information that could aid their investigation.”

BTP said anyone who recognizes the man or has information about the incident can contact officers by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 citing reference 2100079515.

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